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Directorate II – Capability Management

Following the three-pronged approach of the Integrated Planning Process, which consists of strategic defence planning, capability management, and planning implementation, the Capability Management Directorate concentrates on the question of capability development.

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The work of Directorate II is aimed at establishing and permanently maintaining the capability profile required for the accomplishment of the tasks of the Bundeswehr. For this purpose, it places the set objectives into the overall context of all Bundeswehr capabilities and makes suggestions as to how capability gaps can be closed. To this end, the Directorate is divided into three Divisions, namely Capability Control, Requirements Management, and Capability Development.

As part of the capability state, Directorate II compares the target and actual states of the Bundeswehr. The target state is derived from the Bundeswehr’s national and multinational tasks. As a result, a target-actual comparison can be performed to assess what capabilities the Bundeswehr needs in order to be able to accomplish its short-, medium-, and long-term missions.

This work allows both capability gaps and excess capabilities to be identified. The capability state is a planning and prioritisation tool for future solutions in the planning categories of infrastructure, in-service use, organisation, personnel, and armaments.

In order to permanently maintain the necessary capability profile, Directorate II continually analyses and assesses the capability gaps of the Bundeswehr and updates the capability state, which is a central instrument of the Integrated Planning Process. In close coordination with the Multinational Capability Development Branch of Directorate I it also takes account of those capabilities that contribute to capability-related multinational NATO and EU bodies.

In order to put integrated planning into practice within the Bundeswehr, teams include representatives of the military and civilian major organisational elements. The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support is a particularly important partner in this process due to its comprehensive expertise. As the analysis phases progress, Integrated Project Teams develop and refine the functionalities and functional requirements that are – or may later be – needed for the resources.

As of this point in the Integrated Planning Process, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support ensures that the solution to be developed or procured meets the requirements specified.

As part of capability control, the main products of the Directorate include the capability state of the Bundeswehr and the integration of projects into medium-term planning. This means that the Division combines all prerequisites for monitoring the capability state, implementing the capability analysis, and carrying out medium-term planning. The Basic Policy of Project Control Branch performs the groundwork and project control as part of the capability management process, from the submission of an initiative in the analysis phase to the transition to the analysis phase .

The Requirements Management Division provides support in the following areas as part of the Integrated Planning Process:
• initiating measures to establish and maintain the required capability profile for the Bundeswehr
• developing planning guidelines for the further development of the Bundeswehr
• setting objectives in terms of concepts and planning.
The primary objective of the Requirements Management Division is to contribute a dimension-specific operational perspective to the individual business and sub-processes of the Integrated Planning Process while taking account of all planning categories (infrastructure, in-service use, organisation, personnel, and armaments).

In the dimension-specific and cross-dimensional perspectives, the Requirements Management Division considers current as well as medium- and long-term developments and trends, including political, economic, and technological aspects. The Requirements Management Division is in charge of assessing initiatives and requests concerning such specific adjustments of the Bundeswehr's capacity for action and efficiency in terms of their necessity and conformity with objectives and estimates the resources required.
The Capability Development Division initiates capability profile adjustment processes, prepares the selection decision, supports capability development, and implements interoperability and/or standardisation of the capability management process.

For this purpose, the structure of the responsible Division reflects the domains of command and control, reconnaissance, effects, and support. Another area is the field of Complex Services, which includes projects as prominent and elementary as Army maintenance logistics, Bundeswehr vehicle fleet management and motor pool services, and the Army Combat Training Centre. The processes all end with recommendations to close existing capability gaps, reduce capabilities, or maintain capabilities. This responsibility extends well into the phase of in-service use.



Current as of 11/30/17